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BlackBerry App World 2.0 roll out to begin soon

After having just recently been released in beta form, BlackBerry App World 2.0 is now set to roll out to the masses at some point today. Lots of new things happening with the actual release version that were not fully present in the beta release. A quick breakdown is as follows:

Credit Card Payment Option

With the new BlackBerry App World, customers are able to purchase applications using major credit cards, including Visa and MasterCard. Carrier billing may also be supported by certain carriers.

Easier Application Discovery

BlackBerry App World adds new tabbed sections for various applications lists. Users can horizontally swipe or scroll to quickly view the Top 25 Free Apps, Top 25 Paid Apps and Top 25 Themes, as well as the Newest Apps and Recently Updated Apps.

QR barcode scanning

Is now supported, allowing users to scan a QR code associated with an application from anywhere – the web, print ads, brochures, etc. BlackBerry App World will quickly find the related application, and automatically open and download its page.

BlackBerry ID

BlackBerry ID provides customers with a device-independent user identification (ID) for BlackBerry App World. It enables credit card payments and allows customers to seamlessly transfer their personal library of free and purchased apps when they switch to a new BlackBerry smartphone.

The UI changes and overall performance enhancements that BlackBerry App World 2.0 brings should make it a great update. One of the most notable changes however though, is that BlackBerry App World as of today will allow developers to set pricing on their apps starting at $0.99. The upgrade is set to be rolled out today, so be on the lookout for an update notification so that you may get the most up to date release when it becomes available. In case anyone was counting as well, BlackBerry App World now has paid apps in 58 countries.

Source: CrackBerry

Review: Ooma

Is your phone bill really high? Want to get out of the traditional phone company, and go to something worth while? Well, us at TrustedNerd.com have the solution for you, that solution is Ooma.

We have been drooling all over the Ooma news since CES 2010, and wanted to get our hands on one asap. It’s monthly pricing, low-cost hardware, made it all worth while. Ooma compared to Vonage, and other VoIP providers, at this kind of cost, is an absolute miracle.

Ooma Telo comes with several calling features, many at no charge. These no call features are caller ID, call waiting, and E911. Also included is a 60-day free trial of Ooma Premier, which is worth every penny. Ooma Premier is a bundle of calling features, such as forwarding voicemail, blacklists, three way conferencing, and much more. One thing, that I wish would be included in the standard version is the DND or Do Not Disturb, but Ooma needs to make its money somehow, and if you want this awesome feature, you have to get premier.

Ooma Telo is available at many retailers such as Best Buy, Amazon, and Walmart, it currently retails for $249.99. I suggest buying it directly from Ooma itself (ooma.com), as they offer many amazing promotions, such as a free Ooma Handset, or free number porting with purchase of premier.

Now, the Ooma Telo itself is amazing. Its light, starts up quickly, no issues regarding freezing, etc.. You are able to distribute the Ooma signal, to all your phone jacks in your house, but note, this requires cutting wires in your demarcation point, basically disconnecting yourself from the outside world (your old telephone company). If you don’t know what you are doing, then don’t do it, and hire a contractor. Worst thing you want to do, is cut the wrong wires, and have to pay more to get it fixed, then it would have cost in the first place.

Call quality, clarity, was amazing and clear, even when I was running simultaneous downloads on multiple computers. No issues with the Ooma Telo itself. Setup was quick and easy.

Whenever I test a service, I always review the customer support side of things. This is one aspect I was very displeased of. The customer support representatives were rude, didn’t know the product they are representing, and hold time was inappropriate. The issues were never resolved. What I was testing, was I added my own Google Voice number, to Google Voice extentions, or GVE. From there, I added it to my blacklist. However, what I couldn’t understand, is if the number is in the blacklist, why is it overriding the blacklist, and still ringing. Customer support wasn’t able to answer this, and their answer was, you cant block your own number, and they were giving me the attitude of, “what are you stupid.” Yes, a lot of customers won’t know what they are talking about. I wanted to see if they are going to help me, or just treat me like I’m stupid. Second issue was regarding caller ID, when I created my second line, I stated as my call ID name to be “meeeeee.” I had no idea, that this information couldn’t be changed. I requested customer support to change this for me weeks ago, they still haven’t done so. I would like that it shows, the name of the site on my second line, TrustedNerd.com. Their response, “we can only do first name, last name.” I know this is false, cause I was able to put in “meeee”, and it worked successfully.

Ooma Handset has a whole wack of bugs that I have discovered. The handsets like to freeze, often. I received a second handset, and I am seeing slight improvement, but the issues still occur. What I have found is when paging your Bluetooth device from your handset, when trying to disconnect, the Ooma Telo reboots itself. Also, many times after a call, I don’t get a dialtone, and I have to reboot the handset itself. When receiving contacts via Sync, your handset will freeze while it gets the new contacts and puts them into the Handset.

Bluetooth also had its share of issues. Quality is horrible; a lot of static was discovered when communicating via a Bluetooth headset. In our trials we used the BlueAnt Q1. You also cannot terminate a call from the Bluetooth device itself. In order to terminate a call while using the Bluetooth headset, you must go to a handset, press you call button, join line 1, and press the red button. Many of times, even this failed on the first attempt.

We also tested calling numbers from the Bluetooth headset itself, through voice commands. The Q1 is capable of calling Goog-411 by saying “call goog 411.” It worked several times, but it doesn’t work each time.
An annoying feature, is the low battery beeping. It’s high pitched, and can drive you crazy. It took me ages to figure out where that noise was coming from in the middle of the night. It would be beneficial to instead have a flashing RED led (where the voicemail notification led is), that indicates battery is low. As well, a possibility to disable that annoying audio notification.

The Ooma Mobile application for iPhone is interesting.. It has a really beautiful user interface, but, on my iPod Touch 2nd generation, I couldn’t at all, hear the party I’m calling. The ability to have this synchronize with your Ooma phonebook would be a killer feature.

Regarding support once again, I contacted Ooma support in regards to a billing issue calling a number in Canada, for less than a second. The mobile application “apparently” kept it open for 8 minutes, reducing my prepaid balance. I am not impressed with Ooma support, this is what I think can really shy away customers, when you start to offshore your support staff.

As an initial first-impression rating, I am going to give Ooma a 4.5 /5. It was a hard review, there were so many things to test, support needs a big boost in order to increase the rating to a 5/5. The handset needs its upgrades, the Bluetooth needs to be fixed, and the Ooma Mobile application needs to be re-tested on iPod devices.
A post review will be done in a few months. Keep tuned.

Review: Speck CandyShell for iPod Touch 2G

If there is something everyone needs, that would be a case for their electronic device. A low cost investment to keep your device protected, and free from scratches. Speck, has created cases that are rugged, and shiny. They offer an amazing fit to your electronic device.

Today, we are going to review the Speck CandyShell for iPod Touch 2G. First thing I noticed, the case fits VERY tight around the device. The cut-outs were perfect, no issues here.

What I do wish though, is that there would be more plastic, around the dock connector. As well, a nice add-on to increase the dock connector’s height would be really nice, in case you are connecting your iPod Touch, to a device such as a clock radio, or a RedEye.

Features of the Speck CandyShell for iPod Touch 2G are as follows:

-Lightweight, flexible one-piece design combines the insulation of a skin with the durability and sleekness of a hard shell
– Glossy outer hard shell slips in and out of pockets easily and protects from scratches
– Colorful, contrasting rubberized interior offers extra shock absorption from drops
– Includes cleaning cloth and removable screen protector film for extra scratch resistance
– Openings to all ports & controls

The rubberized buttons for power and volume control worked really well. No issues with that. Standard audio connectors fit perfectly into the headphone jack when the case is on.

The Speck CandyShell doesn’t look cheap at all. It for sure, doesn’t reduce the beauty of the device. CandyShell also comes in many different colors.

Because the CandyShell case doesn’t have a front enclosure, your screen is prone to scratches, therefore, I do suggest getting the ShieldView Screen Protector. Easy to apply, plastic, and protects your screen from scratches.

Overall, I was quite impressed with the Speck Candyshell. No breaking or cracking occurred when applying/removing the case, or even when dropping it on hard surfaces. Of course, the device as well did not encounter any damage. Because the CandyShell has passed all tests, I will give Speck CandyShell a 5/5 rating.

For more information visit http://www.speckproducts.com